December 2, 2022
Pslam 132:1 LORD, remember David and all his afflictions.
David went through many afflictions in his life. He suffered the loss of a child, a violent son, a jealous king, a captured wife, a best friend dying in battle, etc. He also sacrificed to build a dwelling place for God.
Indeed, I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the LORD” (1 Chron 22:14).
The Son of David also endured afflictions to build us up as a dwelling place for God.
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (Is 53:4).
“In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Eph 2:21-22).
David modeled extreme devotion to the house of God. He says in this psalm....
"I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Be encouraged to give your whole heart in pursuing the presence of God!
November 17, 2022
Psalm 131:1 A psalm of David. Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
The simplicity here is refreshing. We need not worry or waste time on things that are too high for us. It is the “high things” that seek to steal our hearts from the “simplicity that is in Messiah”:
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3).
Considering that these psalms are written to help us ascend, this psalm is a marked step on the journey of walking humbly with the God who lifts up the lowly.
The humility expressed in these words becomes even more profound when we visualize this prayer coming from the mighty, giant-slaying king of Israel. We see that even in his lowest points, David models a life of deep surrender to the will of God.
Join us as we learn from David how to ascend in humility.
November 4, 2022
“Out of the depths” can refer to a variety of low places in life—failure, pain, sin, etc. From this low place, God can bring the “abundant redemption” that sweetly sings out at the end of this chapter.
Imagine waiting through the night as a watchman with no wristwatch.
As the vigilant watchman stays up through the night longing to see the light of morning, this psalm speaks of a soul that even more desperately longs for God.
May our souls so long for the light of God!
October 27, 2022
In this podcast we look into what the scripture teaches about loving others. Be encouraged to walk in love and pursue purity in all your relationships!
September 8, 2022
In this episode hear the why behind the harp and farm internship program. Why music and why farming? Looking at scripture, there are many amazing things to discover as to how important worship and the caring for the land are.
Looking back over my (Brayden) life I see that God has been weaving together the threads of agriculture and discipleship, the harmony of singing and planting, the melody of the harp and the rhythm of the farm. And so was born the idea of an internship that reflects these things that so impacted me: Harp and Farm. “Harp”, representing worship and prayer and “Farm” representing gardening and animal husbandry.
This journey of nurturing nature combined with drawing near to God is one of the most basic desires that God has placed in the heart of humanity since its first breath in Genesis. We invite you to come be a part of the Harp and Farm internship! Expect to grow as you grow things. Expect to be filled with love as you spend time in The Fathers Presence. Expect meaningful fellowship with others who are on the same journey of discovering the awesomeness of God. Expect to be drawn to Yeshua in a deep and life permeating way. Go to www.loveandpurity.com and click on the "harp and farm" tab to find out more.
This internship is scheduled to start up in the spring of 2023.
September 1, 2022
Israel prevails through affliction! Genesis 32:28 says, “And He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.’”
By recalling the affliction and subsequent victory that Israel repeatedly experienced, they would stand assured that no matter what, God would not allow the enemy to prevail.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Ps. 34:19).
Afflictions mature the righteous and can also bring sinners to repentance, as with Manasseh. “Now when he was in affliction, he implored the LORD his God...... Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God” (2 Chron. 33:12-13).
Listen in to learn the truths this Psalm has to share about prevailing over afflictions. Most importantly, see how Yeshua bore our afflictions so that we can be free.
August 11, 2022
The Bible has a lot to say about plants and animals! Whether it is a parable about the kingdom of heaven or a reference to us being like sheep in need of a shepherd, the Bible is chock full of seeds and creatures. I am sure you know about the divine wisdom that God gave Solomon. What was his wisdom about?
We are told in 1 Kings 4:33 "Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish."
Isn't that amazing! God has lessons to teach us from His creation and Solomon, the wisest man of his time, talked about creation with divine insight.
Listen to this podcast to hear a conversation about God's love for land, animals and the people He has called to steward them.
August 4, 2022
Jeremiah has been more places in the world and done more stuff than anybody I (Brayden) have ever met. I am so happy to have his help with the upcoming Harp and Farm program beginning this coming spring. Listen in to learn about Jeremiah and his heart to follow God and care for creation.
July 28, 2022
Listen in to hear how God worked in Rebekah's life to draw her closer to Himself. You will be encouraged to hear her story of overcoming anxiety and depression by the power of Yeshua.
July 22, 2022
In this podcast Boaz shares how God transformed his life by the power of the gospel. Boaz went from worrying about how to fit into his peer group to being confident in who God created him to be. Listen in and be encouraged!